It was the hug felt 'round the world. Kurt Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, who had battled with Krist Novoselic and to a greater extent Dave Grohl over how to handle Nirvana's musical legacy over the years, openly embraced both during her speech at the band's Rock Hall and Roll Hall of Fame induction. But even before the public got to see the peaceful public declaration, there was a more private one.
April 10, 2014 was a pinnacle night for rock music. In their first year of eligibility, Nirvana were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before launching into a unique performance with the surviving Nirvana members jamming classic tracks with rotating female vocalists. It was the first time Nirvana performed their own music since Kurt Cobain's death in 1994, but according to a new interview, it may not be their last.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted Nirvana, and the surviving members of the band marked the occasion by strapping on their instruments and rocking with a contingent of female frontwomen at the induction ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y. But did Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic taint the history at all by bringing out Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, St. Vincent's Annie Clark and Lorde to play with them? Following the Rock Hall ceremony, the surviving members also performed a secret club show with three of the four aforementioned female singers, as well as Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis and Deer Tick vocalist John McCauley.
At the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the surviving members of Nirvana put on a performance for the ages. Drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic and guitarist Pat Smear pounded out a four-song set of Nirvana tunes with a rotation of female vocalists taking on each song. Joan Jett, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, St. Vincent and pop superstar Lorde all took part, and in a new blog post by Novoselic, the musician reminisces about the hallmark night.
Honestly, did you ever think you'd see the day that Dave Grohl would embrace Courtney Love? After a tremendous of legal battle over the rights to Nirvana's music, the band's surviving members seemed to put their feud with Love to rest during Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Those in attendance at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at the Barclays Center arena last night were certainly treated to a nice surprise when the surviving members of Nirvana performed with various female singers to close out the event. But an even bigger thrill came for those lucky enough to make it into a tiny Brooklyn bar for an after-party where the Nirvana members performed a full set!